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Guide to Alternative Therapies

Thanks Ed! 😉

Have you ever seen the website of Ed Friedlander? He is a pathologist who created the internet’s busiest one-person medical site, with a wealth of information on all kinds of diseases, including cancer. On Mr. Friedlander’s site, we found this information on a number of alternative treatments for cancer. Friedlander has rated the treatments as follows:

  • Confident: the remedy has a plausable mechanism and has been given some basic tests, and/or has solidly passed two good, clear, controlled studies;
  • Optimistic: the remedy makes sense pathophysiologically, and there is at least impressive anecdotal evidence;
  • Doubtful: the anecdotal evidence seemed interesting, but that’s all there was;
  • Pessimistic: it’s understandable why somebody might have thought of this. But if this actually works better than a placebo and a little human kindness, we are all going to have to make some major readjustments in how we think about health and disease. Don’t spend too much money, or get your hopes up.

See also this website, where a pathologist shows that cancer is not caused by the common fungus Candida Albicans

5 responses to “Guide to Alternative Therapies

  1. Rich April 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “See also this website, where a pathologist explains why cancer is not a fungus”
    — A normal healthy person has 600 different types of bacteria in there mouth, and 5% are pathogenic(potentially disease causing).

    That Bacteria can cause cancer (see H. Pylori), has been proven.

    As for Candida and Baking soda, Candida is an adaptive organism. It is complex. Bicarbonate Transfer is a complex process in the body as well.

    As for the possibility of a Yeast/Fungus causing disease, and potentially a cancer, it does not seem at all out of the realm of possibility.

    Some people CAN and DO die from a neglected and SEVERE FUNGAL infection; often caused by Candida, so if you have this problem, it shouldn’t be scoffed at or ignored.

    Back to cancer, find me an antifungal drug. Any one. All of them, and I will find you an in vitro experiment performed by a qualified institution that shows the antifungal substance selectively kills cancer cells. So that’s a challenge, name me 5-10 common antifungal drugs with activity against candida, and I will find you corresponding studies that these have anti-cancer properties (on some cancers).

    That being said, it must be realized that there are over 100 different strains of Candida that can infect a person, Candida Albicans, Candida Glabrata, Candida Tropicalis, etc… . Each reacts differently to different antifungals.

    And there are at least 100 strains of other fungus’s that infect people as well, Aspergillus, Trichophyton, Mallasezia Furfur, etc…

    I can also find scientific studies where someone was diagnosed with brain cancer, and it turned out to be a misdiagnosis, Candida instead of Cancer, and was cured with a year of anti-fungal therapy(Voriconazole). Mistakes happen, too.

    That being said, blaming one organism, and one cause, and one treatment to cure cancer is nuts.

    In addition, baking soda injection therapy has the potential to cause blood clots and/or stroke.
    If you have cancer, go see a real doctor. If he can cut it out, ie breast, skin cancer, etc… then do it. As in the previous thread, diet alone won’t solve the problem, and time is critical.

  2. jli April 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

    That Bacteria can cause cancer (see H. Pylori), has been proven.

    And consequently accepted by conventional medicine.

    As for the possibility of a Yeast/Fungus causing disease, and potentially a cancer, it does not seem at all out of the realm of possibility.

    It is known that some fungi produce toxins that are able to induce cancer.

    I can also find scientific studies where someone was diagnosed with brain cancer, and it turned out to be a misdiagnosis…..Mistakes happen, too.

    Some areas can be difficult to obtain biopsies from. A question one should ask when presented with a case of miraculous cancer cure is if it really was cancer in the first place.

  3. Rich April 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    7 common candida treatments(anti-fungals) with anti-cancer benefits:

    Possible New Cancer Treatment? Antifungal Drug Stops Blood Vessel Growth (itraconazole)

    Prostate Cancer Patients Have A Brighter Future With Ketoconazole
    Laboratory experiments have proven the ability of Ketoconazole to kill cancer cells.

    Antibiotic Used To Treat Fungal Infections Also Kills Cancer Cells, Research Suggests(griseofulvin)

    In vitro and in vivo studies of the anticancer action of terbinafine in human cancer cell lines: G0/G1 p53-associated cell cycle arrest (Terbinafine)
    Allicin (from garlic) induces caspase-mediated apoptosis in cancer cells.

    Specific induction of apoptosis by 1,8-cineole in two human leukemia cell lines, but not a in human stomach cancer cell line (cineole).


  4. Rich April 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Candida is somewhat hard to kill, not quite like taking an antibiotic to kill a cold. It has an Aerobic form which is easy enough to kill, and an anerobic form, which is very tough to kill.

    Seems to eat B-vitamins (possibly causing B deficiencies in people, if it reaches the bloodstream). It may also interfere with several enzymes as well(lysine, coq10, etc).

    Defined Anaerobic Growth Medium for Studying Candida albicans Basic
    Biology and Resistance to Eight Antifungal Drugs

  5. jli April 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Those are fine examples of drugs doing something else than they were developed for. And it is indeed possible that such observations may persuade some people that this proves the connection between cancer and fungus. But lets think a bit about it. If those drug didn´t do anything in the body besides destroying fungi we could expect that they didn´t have any side effects. The side effects of the first drug on the list (Itraconazole) suggests that it does other things in the body besides destroying fungi. See
    Another thing worth noting about the first drug is that its potential anticancer effect is related to inhibition of growth of formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis). Fungi don´t make blood vessels, so the drug doesn´t do the same thing to the cancer cells as they do to the fungi. If one only reads the article linked to it is easy to get the impression that angiogenesis is something that is restricted to cancer growth. If one reads the original article it is clear that angiogenesis is involved in a lot of diseases. you can read a summary of the article here:
    I might add that angiogenesis is also a part of wound healing, and normal growth.

    So that some antifungal drugs are capable of attacking some cancers is not a proof that cancer and fungi are interrelated. That would be as absurd as claming that bacterial resistence to antibiotics is caused by/related to depression because some resistant bacteria become susceptible when the antibiotic is combined with a tricyclic antidepressant.

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